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David McPhail Papers

Summary Information
Title: David McPhail Papers
Dates: 1972-1984
Creator: McPhail, David
Extent: 1 folder--written; 3 boxes--illustrative
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-935
The collection contains illustrative material and a small amount of written material for 3 titles.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.


Andrew's Bath, 1984

Cereal Box, The, 1974

Leave Herbert Alone, 1972

Biographical Sketch

David McPhail was born June 30, 1940, in Newburyport, Mass. As a young man he had a factory job, which he found depressing. For a while he also played guitar (he knew four chords) in a rock band. Eventually he attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, which led to his becoming an author and illustrator of children's books. Most of the books he has written are self-illustrated. His first series character to become will known was Pig Pig, which is only one of a number of animal characters that he developed. Another favorite character is Edward, a small boy. His books are characterized by vivid detail, lively action, and humorous characters. McPhail has received numerous awards and honors for his work.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 32, 47, 81, 140

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains illustrative material, and a small amount of written material, for 3 titles. The written material contains a corrected holograph, typescripts, one photocopied, sketches with a holograph, and correspondence. Illustrative material includes illustrations in ink, pencil and ink, watercolor, sheets with combinations of all three, ink studies with notes, photocopied illustrations, photocopied dummy, proof dummy, ink dummies, ink and watercolor illustrations with separations, separations, ink sketches, correspondence, pasteups, and ink wash separations.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • McPhail, David
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Andrew's Bath 1984 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1984
Box MF1185
holograph, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF1185
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF1185
typescript, photocopy (3 p.)  Box MF1185
2pp. sketches with holograph (2 p.)  Box MF1185
correspondence (5 p.)  Box MF1185
Box MC357
pencil and ink illustrations (9 p.)  Box MC357
ink illustrations (44 p.)  Box MC357
watercolor illustrations (2 p.)  Box MC357
sheets with combinations of ink, pencil, and watercolor studies (68 p.)  Box MC357
sheets ink studies with notes (4 p.)  Box MC357
sheets notes (2 p.)  Box MC357
photocopied illustrations (4 p.)  Box MC357
photocopied dummy (34 p.)  Box MC357
proof dummy (32 p.)  Box MC357
newspaper clipping (1 p.)  Box MC357
ink dummy (32 p.)  Box MC357
ink dummy (40 p.)  Box MC357
ink illustrations with 3 separations (26 p.)  Box MC357
ink and watercolor illustrations (21 p.)  Box MC357
ink jacket illustrations with 3 separations (4 p.)  Box MC357
separations (18 p.)  Box MC357
ink sketches (6 p.)  Box MC357
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MC357
Cereal Box, The 1974 
Note  Boston: Little, Brown, 1974
Box MC1071
sheet ink studies (1 p.)  Box MC1071
Leave Herbert Alone 1972 
Note  New York: Addison-Wesley, 1972
Box MC168
ink jacket pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC168
ink cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC168
ink illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC168
ink wash separations (61 p.)  Box MC168